By Samuel Narayan
Video games have been around for 40 years plus, and new titles are designed almost yearly. From games ranging in age groups from “E”, everybody, to “M”, mature. The problem with the “M” rated titles is that they are blamed whenever there is a crime “related” to the video game. But do these games really cause violence?
“I somewhat believe that “M” rated games cause violence,” said Hugo Zelaya. Hugo is a casual weekend gamer who plays Call of Duty:WW2 also mentioning that he is only 14. Hugo believes that these games can cause violence for gamers younger than 17.
Hugo Zelaya plays these games even though he is not of age, and is aware that “M” rated games can lead to violence, so why does he continue to play them? “I play those games because I know how to control my anger.” said Hugo. He has an interesting point of view, but what do experts think?
In the article wrote by CNN including President Trump, he makes a claim during a White House meeting on school safety, “that the nation needs to address what young people are seeing.” What he states is that “M” rated video games can lead to school shootings. This is can be the case in some violent actions, but video games have been around for a long time, but the results of shootings (related to “M” rated games) have school increased.
Video games are constantly blamed for teen behavior in real life because they are subject to violence and create the illusion that they are still in the game when in reality they are not. If this statement of video games leading to violence, then why don’t movies do the same. Not to mention that the majority of the Call of Duty fan base is under the age limit and do not cause violence. What I believe, is that whenever there is little no evidence why a young mind might want to do such a thing, video games is just the simple and easy answer to blame.
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